Thursday, May 26, 2022

"Holding a Space for You": Communication and Coping in Reproductive Loss

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Michigan Medicine Grief Awareness Committee proudly presents Honoring Life and Loss: Grief Awareness for Faculty and Staff 2022. Please join us for a free virtual session by Dr. Ashley Hesson on Communication and Coping in Reproductive Loss.

Ashley Hesson, MD, PhD, is an Obstetrician and current Maternal Fetal Medicine fellow with a background in healthcare communication. She will be discussing her personal experiences caring for patients suffering from reproductive loss. She will also review recent literature and highlight best practices for communicating with patients as well as supporting providers mental health. As a part of this presentation, a new tool for teaching and practicing in reproductive loss will be introduced. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences in loss care. They will develop skills to become advocates for reproductive loss care in their respective clinical spaces, By the end of the activity, learners will be able to 1) apply best practices in reproductive loss communication, 2) describe resources for obtaining self-care and mental health support while caring for reproductive loss patients, 3) serve as a leader and role model for reproductive loss care in their respective clinical spaces.
Please register for this session in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
As an established Michigan Medicine tradition, Honoring Life and Loss: Grief Awareness for Faculty and Staff has been recognizing grief and loss in the workplace since 2013. This year, however, brings us to a more poignant moment – our losses have been pronounced and our need to grieve immense. Our collective grief has permeated most aspects of our lives this year. What are we carrying in our bones? What can we do to help ease the burden? This year’s events will cover the breadth of loss that one experiences in a healthcare setting and in life. We invite you to pause with us and honor the impact of grief and loss from this past year and build resilience as we move forward. View the full 2022 Grief Awareness Month Calendar.

Ashley Hesson, M.D., Ph.D.

2021-2024 Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow
Medical School
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School